Butternut Squash, Spinach & Pasta Bake

It’s a cold winter’s dream dinner – butternut squash, spinach, and pasta tossed in a single bowl with ricotta and parmesan and baked in a parchment lined springform pan. The pasta isn’t even cooked ahead of time, it bakes right in the pan. How easy is that?

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 cup fontina or mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken stock or water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 tablespoon Morton’s kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 oz. baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
  • 3/4 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced into small pieces
  • 8 oz. uncooked Mafaldine pasta, broken into 1″ pieces*
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line a 9″ springform pan with 3″ sides with parchment paper. Press the paper into place, folding the sides to get a good fit.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and ricotta. Add 1/2 cup of the parmesan, mozzarella (or fontina), chicken broth (or water), 2 tablespoons olive oil, kosher salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic – mix until well combined.
  3. Add the spinach, mushrooms, sage, butternut squash, and pasta – make sure all of the ingredients are coated. Pour into prepared pan, and sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. Fold in the edges of the parchment, cover with foil, place in the oven for 1 hour.
  4. When the hour is up, remove foil, and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place back in the oven and bake uncovered for another 1/2 hour.
  5. Cool on a wire rack for 1/2 hour before removing the springform ring – this allows the dish to set up. Remove ring, and slide the pasta bake off of the parchment onto a serving dish. Cut it into wedges and serve.

* Mafaldine pasta is made by Anna, it looks like 1/2″ wide lasagne noodles. San Giorgio makes Mafalda, if neither are available you can use lasagna noodles broken into pieces.


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